Jr. Hockey: Owls home opener this weekend

The Minnesota Owls will begin their fourth season playing at the Isanti County Area David C. Johnson Civic Arena with an event-filled weekend Sept. 17-18. The Owls are one of eight teams playing in the Minnesota Junior Hockey League this season.

For opening weekend, the Owls will go up against a new team in the MNJHL, the Dells Ducks, based out of the Wisconsin Dells. The Owls will be aiming to improve on their 4th-place finish in the league last winter.

Kicking off the 2011-12 season is a tailgate party from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday before the game. Free hot dogs & drinks, player autographs and live local band Cloud 10 will be draws. The game against the Ducks then begins at 7:30 p.m. Sunday’s game will be a 2 p.m. matinee.

The Minnesota Owls offically get the season underway Friday, Sept. 16 at the Maple Grove Energy (7:05 p.m.).

2011-12 Minnesota Owls Roster

Jess “Bubba” Engquist – Richmond, MN

Danny Pelzer – Princeton, MN

Kyle Johnson – St. Louis Park, MN

Robert Erickson – Coon Rapids, MN

Dallas Tucker – Littleton, CO

Josh Messick – Dallas, TX

Austin Campbell – Spokane, WA

Matt Strang – Madison, WI

Shawn McElroy – Richland, WA

Jacob Melwitz- Thief River Falls, MN

Kyler Ackewance – Sioux Lookout, ON

James Pyle – Princeton, MN

Tanner Vinson – Logan, UT

Caleb Doherty – Cumberland, RI

Kolton Kahoot – Ear Falls, ON

Brad Jerzewski – Madison, WI

Jerid Adamson – Isanti, MN

Sheldon Kihle – Williston, ND

Taylor Bargar – Torrence, CA

Tim Nakae – Torrence, CA

Josh Neundorf-  Neenah, WI

Blake Jorenby – Madison, WI